In This Issue
GAC Pindar fends off threats to win Cetilar M32 European Series
Redshift Wins a Thriller
Poole Regatta 2020 Save The Date
Bermuda Fitted Dinghy Racing Results
My Song lost at sea during cargo transportation
FSE Robline becomes Robline
Luna Rossa takes delivery of their AC75 spar
Ladycat's Final Appearance In The Bol D'Or 2019
Industry News
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GAC Pindar fends off threats to win Cetilar M32 European Series
Pisa, Italy: It only takes a couple of knots of extra breeze to transform M32 racing as these lightweight, potent catamarans respond immediately to the slightest increase in pressure.

Until today, conditions at the Cetilar M32 European Series Pisa have typically been sub-six knots, conditions that would be below the racing threshold for many other classes. But for the M32 fleet there was still meaningful, tactical racing right down the wind range where the key ingredients for success have been keeping boat speed up at all costs and minimising manoeuvres.

But today, the strategy was different, for the first race at least. This one was all about speed. Just six to nine knots of gradient breeze from the north was all it took to provide a completely different look and feel to the racing as the fleet performed a slingshot reaching start, followed by a headlong charge to the first mark - hulls flying and umpire chase boats working hard to keep pace. Everyone's foot was to the floor.

While the close racing and place changes were interesting to watch, the weather had other ideas as the breeze decayed even further as the rain settled in. As if marking the end of the race the breeze switched off entirely forcing the race committee to draw a line under the three day event.

Despite some close racing and the threat of a charge from the middle ranks, little had changed in the overall stakes with Williams' GAC Pindar team taking the overall win, Spindrift racing finishing second and Richard Davies' Section 16 taking third.

The M32 European Series now moves to its second event in Medemblick, Holland over 21st-23nd June. -- James Boyd

Cetilar M32 European Series Pisa - overall results
1. GAC Pindar, Ian Williams 20 points
2. Spindrift, Xavier Revill, 29
3. Section 16, Richard Davies, SUI, 51
4. Inga from Sweden, Richard Goransson, SWE, 59
5. Vitamina Velocce, Andrea Lacrote, ITA, 64
6. Youth Vikings, Daniel Bjornholt, DEN, 72
7. Vikings, Hakan Svensson, SWE, 75
8. Centro Vela Sunset, Marco Radman, ITA, 98

Redshift Wins a Thriller
The Royal Ocean Racing Club's Myth of Malham Race, with 138 boats competing, produced a thrilling finish for overall victory. Botin IRC52 Tala took up the early running, but having led for much of the race on corrected time, the breeze picked up for the chasing pack, turning the advantage towards two FAST40+ yachts. Redshift and Ino XXX, both based in Cowes, battled throughout the 230 nautical mile race with no clear advantage between the two. In the second half of the 30-hour race, having rounded the Eddystone Lighthouse off Plymouth, a high speed duel developed on the run back to The Solent. In strong downwind conditions, the two teams resorted to hand-to-hand combat to decide the bout, knowing that the winner of the duel would most likely win the race overall. Executing numerous gybes to gain the upper-hand, at times with over 20 knots of boat speed, and just inches apart, the battle was won by Redshift, crossing the finish line just 20 seconds ahead of Ino XXX.

The overall winner of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Myth of Malham Race was Farr 42 Redshift raced by Ed Fishwick (GBR) and crew: Quentin Bes-Green (GBR), Hugh Brayshaw (GBR), John Coffey (IRL), Hannah Diamond (GBR), Henry Foster (GBR), Donall Ryan (IRL), George Thompson (GBR), Arianne van de Loosdrecht (NED), Mason Woodworth (USA).

HH42 Ino XXX raced by James Neville (GBR) was second by just four minutes on corrected time. Ker 40 Keronimo raced by Lars & Birgitta Elfverson (SWE) was third. Monohull Line Honours was won by Botin IRC52 Tala, skippered by Robbie Southwell (GBR). The overall winner of the Multihull Class after MOCRA time correction was Dazcat Slinky Malinki raced by James Holder (GBR). Multihull Line Honours was won by Shuttle 39 Morpheus raced by Andrew Fennell (GBR).

In IRC Two, JPK 11.80 Courrier Recommande sailed by Gery Trentesaux (FRA) started their 2019 Rolex Fastnet Campaign with a class win by nine minutes after IRC time correction. In IRC Three, the podium was made up of yachts racing Two-Handed. JPK 10.80 Timeline, sailed by Marc Alperovitch (FRA) was the winner. In IRC Four, JPK 10.10 Foggy Dew, sailed by Noel Racine (FRA) was the winner by just over 30 minutes after time correction with 41 yachts in class.

The Myth of Malham Race was the fourth of the 2019 RORC Season's Points Championship. Second overall in the RORC Transatlantic Race, Sun Fast 3600 Black Sheep, sailed by Trevor Middleton (GBR) is the overall leader for the series. After winning the last two races overall Redshift moves up to second for the championship. Cookson 50 Kuka 3 sailed by Franco Niggeler (SUI) is now third. The fifth race of the 2019 RORC Season's Points Championship will be the North Sea Race starting from Harwich on Friday 31 May bound for Scheveningen, Netherlands. -- Louay Habib

Poole Regatta 2020 Save The Date
Poole Regatta Ensure the 23 - 25 May 2020 is blocked out in your diary as the International Paint Poole Regatta returns for three days of unmissable racing and social events in picturesque Dorset, UK.

In 2018 1500 crew on 160 yachts competed in 16 sailing classes across five race courses. Five National Championships and three Regional Championships were held alongside Round Two of the Fast 40+ circuit.

Classes are already signing up to host their 2020 championships during Poole, with the J24 and J80 National Championships already confirmed. Other classes such as the Fast 40+, Performance 40, HP30 and Quarter Ton fleets are in advanced talks to hold championships over the weekend, alongside Poole planning to host the IRC Southern Area Championship. Whatever class you race in, there is a competitive start for you at Poole Regatta.

The core management team have been in place for 20 years and are hugely experienced in creating a race weekend which sailors can't stop talking about until the next edition.

Poole is easily accessible from all areas of the south coast and is only a short cruise from Northern France and the Channel Islands. Competitors have come from as far afield as Australia to race at Poole! Marina based visitor berthing is readily available with fantastic facilities so make sure the International Paint Poole Regatta is on your agenda for 2020. Don't miss out and block the date today.

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Bermuda Fitted Dinghy Racing Results
The 2019 Bermuda Fitted Dinghy Racing Season got underway in the St. George's Harbour, with three races sailed with three different winners on the day.

Contest III out of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club won the Heritage Trophy race, with Challenger II out of the Sandy's Boat Club finishing second, Victory IV out of the St. George's Dinghy and Sports Club was third and Elizabeth II out of the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club did not finish as they had sail troubles at the start of the race.

Elizabeth II would come back and sail to victory in the Anniversary Cup race and Challenger II won the Leon D. Fox Cup race.

Heritage Trophy
1. Contest III
2. Challenger II
3. Victory IV
4. Elizabeth II - Did Not Finish

Anniversary Cup
1. Elizabeth II
2. Victory IV
3. Contest III
4. Challenger II - Sank

Leon D. Fox Cup
1. Challenger II
2. Elizabeth IV
3. Contest III
4. Victory IV - Sank

A bit more about your humble narrator's favorite boat, from 2002 (when I got VERY close to getting a ride on Contest III):

My Song lost at sea during cargo transportation
My Song in happier times. Photo by Ingrid Abery, Click on image for photo gallery.

My Song The 39.6-metre sailing yacht My Song has fallen off a cargo vessel during her transportation from the Caribbean to the Balearics. During Saturday night the Baltic 130 superyacht was lost in the Mediterranean before reaching the Balearics, where she was due to be unloaded in Ibiza ahead of her appearance in the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta next week.

Her owner, YCCS member Pier Luigi Loro Piana, had arranged for My Song to take part in the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta as a returning winner after having won the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta last year and being recently declared Boat of the Year at the Italian Sailing Federation's Sailor of the Year awards.

In 2016 she was delivered to her owner by the Finnish yard Baltic Yachts and features both an interior and exterior design by Nauta as well as naval architecture by Reichel / Pugh Yacht Design. Along with her 56-metre-high Southern Spars rig carrying North Sails and with an overall length of nearly 40 metres, My Song was one of the larger full-carbon yachts on the racing scene with a displacement of 105 tonnes (including the 36-tonne lifting keel) and a maximum speed of over 30 knots.

FSE Robline becomes Robline
WHAT For those who did not realize it yet, there is a new brand name at the market - Robline. Having its heritage in the 1990s where company TEUFELBERGER acquired FSE, the German yachting brand, and the yachting line segment of Roblon, the Danish rope manufacturer. Together they became FSE Robline back in the days.

To not stop moving forward TEUFELBERGER decided to give this brand a new appealing look - Robline features now the colours monsun grey and cucuum instead of red and blue. Why? Because we want to be forerunners and stand out from the crowd!

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Luna Rossa takes delivery of their AC75 spar
America's Cup Challenger of Record, Luna Rossa is the first team to announce their building progress, when they released a video of their AC75 spar arriving at the team base in Cagliari, Sardinia.

No team has yet launched an AC75 which could have been launched on April 1, 2019, with most two-boat teams expected to launch in the July-August window.

Earlier Southern Spars released a video of an AC75 spar leaving their facility in Auckland. The company was said to have 13 AC75 spars on order.

Ladycat's Final Appearance In The Bol D'Or 2019
The 81st edition of the Bol d'Or Mirabaud, which is scheduled to start at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 15th, has historically been a key event in Spindrift racing's calendar. This year it will mark the close of a chapter for Ladycat. After 13 years navigating the fickle waters of Lake Geneva, Dona Bertarelli's catamaran will set sail for the last time at this legendary Swiss event, with the colours of Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing. It will be replaced by the TF35 in 2020. For the 2019 edition of the Bol d'Or, Yann Guichard will take over the role of skipper from Dona Bertarelli. She will be following close by, as Guichard and his crew take on one of the best races on inland waters.

Dona Bertarelli took part in her first D35 championship with an all-female team in 2007, when her 35-foot catamaran, Ladycat, raced in the class' flagship event, the Bol d'Or. Dona Bertarelli's original ambition was to learn as much as she could; she quickly took to the boat and after a series of podium places, won the 2010 edition of the Bol d'Or, becoming one of the very few women to win this iconic race.

Two additional wins followed for Dona Bertarelli and her team, in 2014 and 2016, with the catamaran, now renamed Ladycat powered by Spindrift Racing. The third victory in 2016 also saw them win the D35 championship title - a just reward for the whole team's effort, determination and progress. Some thirteen years after Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing was first launched, the crew is making their final preparations before taking the start, for the last time, of the famous circuit of Lake Geneva which takes the fleet from Geneva to Bouveret and back.

Dona Bertarelli will not be able to sail in this final event for Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing, due to a leg stress fracture. The Swiss sailor has entrusted the helm to Yann Guichard, who will be sailing with a team drawn from his core crew of Xavier Revil, Christophe Espagnon, Jacques Guichard, Francois Morvan and Matthieu Salomon.

Bol d'Or crew for Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing:
Yann Guichard, skipper
Xavier Revil
Christophe Espagnon
Francois Morvan
Jacques Guichard
Matthieu Salomon

Industry News
Members of the yacht racing community and sailing industry from all over the world will meet in six months' time in the town of Bilbao, in the Basque Country, for the 12th edition of the Yacht Racing Forum (November 25-26).

The event will feature a subtle mix of lectures and presentations, and will provide the 350 participants from all over the world the opportunity to meet and do business under optimal conditions.

The sports' most dynamic and innovative brands in the professional sailing world have already booked their exhibition stands.

Start-ups and companies that have recently developed a new product will also have, for the first time, the opportunity to present their innovations to the main global players in the boating industry as part of the "Business Speed Presentations" ; a new, and free service provided by the Yacht Racing Forum.

Organized in Spain for the second time after Barcelona in 2015, the Forum will reassemble the sports' key personalities: event organisers, sponsors, designers, professional sailors, boat builders, media as well as insurance and finance companies, and provide a unique opportunity to network, debate the future of the sport and do business.

The Forum will take place in the beautiful Euskalduna Conference Centre, right next to the events' official hotel, the Melia, and the famous Guggenheim Museum. Bilbao is a flamboyant city in northern Spain, the largest city in the province of Biscay and in the Basque Country. Along with the Biscay region, its development has been historically linked to the ocean and the industrial revolution. Ever-changing, in the past few decades Bilbao underwent a profound renovation, turning into one of the most innovative cities in Europe.

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The growth of German boat manufacturer Bavaria Yachts is apparently slower than expected. On Monday afternoon, a regional TV broadcasting website reported that around 5% of the workforce will have to leave. A company spokesman told float magazine that 24 employees have been laid off.

After the restart with financial investor CMP Capital Management Partners last autumn, which followed the surprise insolvency of the shipyard in April 2018, Bavaria entered the 2019 season with optimism. New boat models have been announced for the coming 2020 year.

The website of TV station Bayerischer Rundfunk quotes Christian Hartmann, chairman of the workers' council, as saying that customers have become insecure as a result of the bankruptcy-related stop on accepting new orders. "An increase in production to 450 motor and sailing yachts is only in sight for the coming financial year," the TV station's website quotes the employee representative.

At peak times, 3,500 yachts were produced per year in Giebelstadt. One reason for the great success of the shipyard before the financial crisis in 2008 was its series production, which was unusual for boatbuilding.

The new management announced in October that they wanted to return to the successful original company concept of manufacturing inexpensive family boats. According to Bavaria CEO Michael Müller, the goal is "to build around 450 sailing and motor yachts in Giebelstadt in the first full business year 2019/20, together with our more than 500 employees."


Nautor's Swan is broadening its network by appointing Shenzhen Hone Ocean Culture Communication Co., Ltd. as the new Chinese agent, confirming another essential presence in the APAC Region.

Shenzhen Hone Ocean Culture Communication Co., Ltd. has branches in many coastal Chinese cities like Xiamen, Shenzhen, Sanya, Haikou, Dalian, Qingdao, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Its business offers a 360° service: brand-advertising promotion, assistance for providing professional crews for the regattas, sailing training camp, yacht management, boat chartering, maintenance services. Moreover, Shenzhen Hone Ocean Culture Communication Co., Ltd. has established a complete and responsive corporate structure and system thanks to the work of professional teams that face the opportunities and challenges brought by the fast-growing Chinese market.


The value of Russian's leisure boating sector could hit RUB 65bn (US$1bn) within the next six to seven years, thanks to the planned expansion of services aimed at attracting foreign boaters, an increase in domestic tourism, as well as the improvement of the country's boating infrastructure, according a statement from the Russian Association of Yachting and the Ministry of Sport and Tourism.

The association claims that in Crimea and the Sevastopol peninsula alone, the value of the industry could reach as much RUB 30bn (US$460m) within the next few years. A significant part of these funds will be generated by the servicing of foreign yachts entering domestic territorial waters, the association claims.

The figures may seem ambitious, but the government is pushing to make leisure boating popular and more affordable for domestic and foreign boat and yacht owners, positioning it as an activity for the middle classes. Coupled to this, the government has also banned a number of well-salaried public sector employees, such as public safety officers and military personnel, from taking holidays overseas. Numbering in the several million, such employees of the state now need to look for holidays in the Crimea and the Caucasus region, and for many of them locally built boats and yachts are within their means - Russian built leisure boats range in price from around RUB 500,000- RUB20m (US$6-7000-US$310k).

According to the Russian Ministry of Sport and Tourism, currently the share of domestic yachts and boat builders in Russia is estimated at 95% and growing. Among the largest domestic producers are Grizzly Technologies LLC, Saitov LLC (Bester boats), SPEV, Astron Marine, Kostroma Sudomechanical Plant JSC, NorthSilver and Alex Marin LLC.

According to data of the Russian State Tax Service, at present Russian citizens spend over US$300m a year maintaining their yachts outside Russia - many are reportedly now considering returning their boats to domestic jurisdiction.


The organisers of this year's Cannes Yachting Festival have announced that exhibitor registration is already 8% up over last year's figure. According to Reed Exhibitions, 529 boats over 10m in length will be making an appearance on water, including 119 sailboats and 410 motorboats - 7% more than last year.

The 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival runs from September 10-15 at Cannes' Vieux Port and Port Canto.

As for Port Canto, sailboats will be exhibited on three quays: the Quai d'Honneur, the Quai de la Roseraie and the Quai Ouest, taking over nearly 1,000 additional linear metres to present in-water boats, alongside nearly 4,000sq m for on-land stands. These quays will host the new 'Sailing Space', reserved for new monohull and multihull sailing boats of more than 10m.

"The opening of the Sailing Space is fully in line with the history of the Yachting Festival at Port Canto which, up until now, was used as the Brokerage space," Sylvie Ernoult explains. "Originally discussed and supported by the Federation des Industries Nautiques, the urgent need to spread the Yachting Festival beyond the Vieux Port resulted in the Sailing Space at Port Canto; in close collaboration with our exhibitors, our suppliers, the Cannes city council, and the Nice - Cote d'Azur Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

"Now four months away from the opening of the next edition, I am happy to confirm that we will welcome more than 80 exhibitors dedicated to sailing and more than 120 boats presented by the largest registered French and international shipyards," she adds. "Among them we will welcome 17 new exhibitors. Equipment manufacturers specialising in sailing boats have also come forward and will share the on-land spaces. This commitment is a sign of support for the show and confidence in the initiative we have taken to better showcase the sailing offer."

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